Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Taliban release U.S. engineer Frerichs as Biden approves swap for drug smuggler

The Taliban have released a US Engineer Mark Frerichs, they had held hostage since 2020 in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader Bashir Noorzai held in US custody since 2005.

The Taliban said, Mr. Frerichs was handed over at Kabul airport, today, and in return they received Mr. Noorzai, a Taliban ally serving a life sentence for drug trafficking. 

Reports say, Mr. Frerichs, sixty, was abducted by the Taliban the year before the group swept back to power in Afghanistan and its Western-backed government collapsed.

He had been living and working in Kabul as a civil Engineer for ten years, and securing his freedom was an election pledge of President Joe Biden.

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